3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

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Evaluation of IMT-Advanced Scenarios using the open Wireless Network Simulator

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2010.8681,
        author={Sebastian  Max and Daniel  B\'{y}ltmann and Ralf  Jennen and Marc  Schinnenburg},
        title={Evaluation of IMT-Advanced Scenarios using the open Wireless Network Simulator},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={SIMUTOOLS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Wireless Networks IMT-Advanced Simulation},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2010.8681}
    }
    
  • Sebastian Max
    Daniel Bültmann
    Ralf Jennen
    Marc Schinnenburg
    Year: 2010
    Evaluation of IMT-Advanced Scenarios using the open Wireless Network Simulator
    SIMUTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2010.8681
Sebastian Max1,*, Daniel Bültmann1,*, Ralf Jennen1,*, Marc Schinnenburg2,*
  • 1: Communication Networks (ComNets) Research Group, Faculty 6, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
  • 2: PSI Transcom GmbH Telecommunications, Düsseldorf, Germany.
*Contact email: smx@comnets.rwth-aachen.de, dbn@comnets.rwth-aachen.de, jen@comnets.rwth-aachen.de, MSchinnenburg@psi.de

Abstract

With the commence of the IMT-Advanced (IMT-A) submission and evaluation process, the vague term “4th generation wireless networks” moves towards existing standards, technologies and hardware. A significant part of the evaluation process is based on the system level simulation of reference scenarios. In this paper, we present how the open Wireless Network Simulator (openWNS), developed in the last 5 years at the department of Communication Networks (ComNets) at RWTH Aachen University, can be used to study protocols of wireless networks. Due to the complexity of IMT-A candidate systems, the features of openWNS are described by means of the lightweight WiFiMAC. This module provides the functions of IEEE 802.11, including amendment n. On this basis, the following details of the simulator are explained: (a) the modular simulation framework for protocol stack development, (b) the WiFiMAC module, (c) simulator calibration to ensure the reliability of the results and (d) the simulation of urban-micro scenarios based on the IMT-A evaluation guidelines.